What students say about zoology
For zoology, the course content focuses a lot on general theories and science in the first year. There'll be a lot on evolution and a fair bit on molecular biology, too. A lot of this year (especially the first half) will just be catch-up on your A-levels. You have to wait for the next years in order to branch out a bit more. We've been assessed with multiple-choice exams, practical exams and essays.1st year, University of Sheffield
The course content both builds on A-level and introduces completely novel concepts, which can be quite challenging, especially if you haven't studied chemistry at A-level. There isn't too much coursework - a few essays, a few other practical write ups, and some long spreadsheets to fill in after practicals - in the biological chemistry module.1st year, Imperial College London
I'm studying wildlife conservation with zoo biology. We did many assignments over the year, which were a mix of essays, computer work, reports and practical field trips. The trips were fantastic. They really aided my learning. We went to Malham Cove for soil studies, and often went to the Peak District / Yorkshire to do wildlife surveys. There were many zoo trips at the start of the year.1st year, University of Salford
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Environmental campaign manager
- Nature reserve warden
- Zoological field surveyor
Other real-life job examples
- Animal welfare officer
- Financial analyst
- Environmental consultant
What employers like about this subject
A degree in zoology will help you gain subject-specific skills in the study of animal behaviour; the physiology, genetics and biology of animal species; an understanding of ecological and conservation issues, and good laboratory practice. Useful transferable skills you can develop on a zoology degree include communication and presentation skills, problem-solving and decision-making. Industries that employed zoology graduates last year included zoos and nature reserves, conservation organisations and charities, universities, scientific and field research organisations and environmental consultancies.